Here are the resources I consider essential to learn how to speak Irish.
FAVOURITE COURSES & APPS TO GIVE YOUR IRISH A BOOST
Duolingo – Did you know that Duolingo has an Irish course? If you're very busy, you can use this program to learn Irish from your smartphone in your downtime.
Oideas Gael – an adult Irish language course in Ireland. This is where I gained my own conversational Irish. If you're able to travel to Ireland, you really can't miss this course.
HelloTalk – is a smartphone app that connects you with native Irish speakers for free. You can use it to send text messages and audio clips. After you sign up, message the team with the code “Fi3M” to get the premium features free for three months!
IRISH SPEAKING TOOLS: PRACTICE WITH NATIVE SPEAKERS
Speak from day one is my approach to any new language. I have one tool I recommend for this:
Italki – connects you with native Irish speakers for spoken practice on Skype. You can pay Irish tutors for (affordable) one-to-one video lessons, or find a free language exchange partner! This link takes you right to the Irish tutors on the site.
IRISH TEXT-BASED COURSES AND BOOKS
Teach Yourself Complete Irish – This course book is an easy-going intro to the Irish language. It uses great examples and slowly introduces you to only-essential grammar.
Turas Teanga – Intermediate Refresher Course. This course is a good refresher for those of you who took some Irish in school and want a fun look at it used naturally.
IRISH LEARNING WEBSITES YOU MUST BOOKMARK TODAY
You’ll return to these resources again and again in your Irish study sessions.
Forvo – find out how any Irish word is pronounced. Just type the word you’re looking for into the search bar in Irish!
Gaeilge Amháin Facebook group – an active Facebook group, where users share funny videos, pictures, and stories in Irish. Post only in Irish here!
Irish Dictionary Online – Simply the best online Irish-English dictionary.
START SPEAKING IRISH NOW
Need help getting started? I designed this course to guide you through your first week:
Conversation Countdown – Have your first conversation in Irish in just seven days. This is one of our most popular courses, and with good reason, because you’ll get results fast.